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 Tuesday, March 13, 2012
100 days to Rio+20: the role of ICTs in “The Future We Want”

The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) will take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in exactly 100 days. This global event will mark the 20 year anniversary of the 1992 Earth Summit, the event that raised sustainability to the top of the global agenda, and which set up several of the most relevant international agreements to combat some of the most pressing environmental challenges, such as climate change, desertification and the loss of biodiversity.

From 20 to 22 June 2012 Rio+20 will be in the spotlight, while more than 100 heads of states work together under the theme “The future we want” to renew political commitment towards sustainability and poverty eradication, looking for solutions and initiatives that can help to bring closer together the three pillars of sustainable development: social, economic and environmental.

In this context, ITU is engaging country delegations, the private sector and the UN system to highlight one of the major opportunities of our generation to integrate the three pillars of sustainable development: the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs).

ICTs, such as the Internet, mobile phones and satellite, provide innovative applications that create jobs, improve access to basic services (such as health or education), reduce resource consumption (in particular energy consumption) and empower communities through improved access to information and collaboration. Put it simply ICTs help reinforce, converge and integrate all three pillars of sustainable development, and they also support and facilitate attainment of its fundamental underlying principles of efficiency, effectiveness and equity. As our global community moves towards an information society, ICTs have become cross-cutting enablers of a greener and fairer economy.

Visit www.itu.int/rioplus20 to find out more and get involved in ITU´s activities in the road to Rio+20